What is Tabata?
Tabata is form of high intensity interval training, which consists of 20 seconds of an exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest, for 8 rounds for a total of 4mins per Tabata.
Doing as little as 4 minutes (or one Tabata) can increase your aerobic capacity, anaerobic capacity, VO2 max, resting metabolic rate, and can help you burn more fat than a traditional 60-minute aerobic workout. That’s right! 4 minutes of Tabata can get you better fitness gains than an entire hour of running on the treadmill.
Due to Tabata being a high intensity interval training form of exercise, it is very taxing to the body. You will definitely feel the soreness in your muscles the next day. Make sure you rest the following day so your body can recover.
Also make sure you eat before the Tabata workout and after and warm up and stretch before the workout and have a cool down and stretch after the workout. The last thing you want is to pull a muscle during the Tabata Training cycle and having to stop the timer.
Here is an example of a Tabata workout focused on cardiovascular conditioning and core strength. TIME FOR TABATA!
Make sure to have a timer with you. Download a Tabata app or a mp3 Tabata.
- In and Outs (jumping jacks)
- Sit Ups
- High Knees
- Squat Jumps